England has their Queen, and America has Beyonce. Born in Houston in 1981, Queen B wasted no time working her way toward a lifetime of success. At our Houston Showstopper competitions, she took the spotlight – and now it follows her. Today, Beyonce is one of the world’s best-selling music artists, with more than 100 million records sold worldwide, 24 Grammys, and a lengthy list of awards, including Top Female Artist of the Decade, the Most Powerful Female in Entertainment by Forbes in 2015 and 2017, and one of the 100 women who defined the last century by Times.
Before being crowned the Princess of Pop, Britney Spears was a Showstopper! The successful singer/dancer/actress took the late 1990s by storm with her breakout single, “… Baby One More Time,” and continued with eight albums and more than 100 million album sales worldwide – a milestone that makes her one of the best-selling music artists of all time. In 2016, the Grammy Award-winning Britney was ranked at No. 20 on Billboard’s Greatest Of All Time Top Dance Club Artists list. And, on top of that, the iconic artist most recently found success on the stage of her own Las Vegas Show, “Piece of Me,” which she also took on tour to North America and Europe.
Known to the world as JLo, the legendary Jennifer Lopez has gone on from Showstopper to success in all that she does – and she’s done it all – from film and TV acting, singing and dancing to becoming a fashion designer, producer and businesswoman. More recently, in 2018, she was named one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World and the sixth highest-paid woman in music by Forbes. In 2019, Lopez was nominated for a Golden Globe, SAG and Critics’ Choice for Best Supporting Actress for her role in “Hustlers.” And in 2020, JLo would return to the stage during a Super Bowl LIV halftime show alongside Shakira that would make history.
Behind her signature bow, JoJo is an unbelievably talented dancer, singer, actress and YouTube star. From her time as a Showstopper competitor and appearing on two seasons of “Dance Moms,” JoJo has been catapulted into stardom. She released two hit singles, signed with Nikelodeon in 2017, appeared in the film “Blurt” and “The Masked Singer” as the youngest contestant at 16, and was named as one of Time’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2020.
The beautiful Jamie Pressly turned heads in the modeling world, but before that, she spent 11 years training in both dance and gymnastics, and showing off her talents at Showstopper events. Today, Jaime is best known for her award-winning acting chops, winning an Emmy for playing Joy on the sitcom, “My Name is Earl,” and garnering nominations for a Golden Globe and Screen Actors Guild Award. She’s appeared in a long list of TV shows and films, including Joe Dirt, I Love You, Man, A Haunted House, and as Jill Kendall in the hit sitcom, “Mom,” since 2014.
As a child, Keri Russell performed with the Mickey Mouse Club and on our Showstopper Stage with the Lisa Holtz Star Struck Dance Studio. Fast-forward to 1998, when Keri portrayed the title role of “Felicity” and took home a Golden Globe for it. From 2013 to 2018, Keri starred in the spy thriller, “The Americans,” picking up Emmy and Golden Globe nominations for her role. And her film credits include “Mission: Impossible III,” “Waitress,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes,” “Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker,” and many more.